Wasim, Viv, Sachin and Spartan Cricket

Wasim, Viv, Sachin and Spartan Cricket

So aside from being three of the greatest cricketers to ever set foot on the planet, Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards and Wasim Akram have another thing in common. They are all part of the people that bring the great cricketing equipment and cricket bats from Spartan Cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar

It doesn’t come much bigger than Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to household cricket names. He is the little master, the god of cricket and a cricketing legend. He is now also an investor and an advisor for Spartan Sports and Spartan cricket.

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When you think of Sachin Tendulkar you maybe think of a youngster with a Power cricket bat or an MRF cricket bat or perhaps and Adidas cricket bat but the fact that Sachin Tendulkar has chosen to invest with Spartan cricket speaks volumes for the kind of equipment that Spartan cricket is producing.

Sachins Career

Sachin had one of the most illustrious cricketers any cricketer has ever had, if not the most illustrious. He is in the best position to advise Spartan as to what they will need to do in order to further perfect their cricket bats and cricket gear. This is not only in the realm of making highly regarded cricket bats but also to advise Spartan on how to better the safety of their protective equipment.

Philanthropy

Sachin will also be involved in some of the philanthropic work that Spartan does. Spartan is committed to fanning the flames of cricket fervor in cricket communities around the world while promoting healthy living. There cannot be a better cricket headliner to drive this project than Sachin Tendulkar.

Value

It always a great testimony to a company when advisors see such value in the product they advise on that they are willing to invest and this is certainly the case with Spartan sports equipment and Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is of course following in the wake of MS Dhoni who was one of the first to show his faith in the Spartan brand of cricket bats and cricket equipment by actually using the equipment.

Sachin Tendulkar is perhaps the biggest name to be added to the growing list of experts that vouch strongly for Spartan cricket bats and cricket equipment. That is saying a lot when the likes of Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan and the great Viv Richards have come before him.

Viv Richards

Has there ever been a batsman that strolled to the crease with as much swagger as Viv Richards. Viv would nonchalantly and with the greatest measure of ease pop the ball over the boundary for six. Viv Richards never ever got to play T20 cricket as a professional but one would venture to say that he would have been one of the best in the business. While as a player Viv put his trust in Slazenger and Stuart Surridge equipment, Viv Richards is now a strong member of the Spartan sports team.

Marketing

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Sir Viv Richards joined Spartan as a marketing consultant. This was at a similar time to when Spartan announced they were leasing a SVR (Sir Viv Richard) bat, which they did. If Viv Richards was able to deposit the ball over the boundary using the bats he did, then he is no doubt an incredibly valuable asset in the manufacture of modern day cricket bats. Spartan has capitalized on this and have had Sir Viv join their team in this regard.

Going Big

There is a lot to Spartan’s approach to cricket bats as there was to Sir Viv’s approach to batting. Spartan cricket bats have swagger as does all the rest of the Spartan cricket gear and cricket equipment. Perhaps it is because Spartan can recognize that there is value in not only having current players as brand ambassadors but also having the brand statesmanship from illustrious players of the past like Viv Richards.

Chris Gayle

Richards of course is in the company of yet another destructive batsman. This batsman has had the opportunity to play plenty of T20 cricket and that is Chris Gayle. Once again Chris Gayle was one of the early users of Spartan cricket bats, recognizing the dynamic power that Spartan cricket bats have.

A bowler that many batsmen have said to be one of the hardest to face has also joined forces with Spartan and that is Wasim Akram.

Wasim Akram

The Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram is yet another former player that is on the Spartan cricket team. It is hard to think of a bowler past or present that made genuinely fast swing bowling look as effortless as Wasim Akram. A medium sized run-up and a short whip of the wrist and the ball was zeroing in at the stumps at high pace. World Cup 1992 and many more fantastic Yorkers in Tests and ODIs made Wasim one of the best ever. Possibly the inventor of reverse swing bowling.

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Pakistan

As a cricket brand, Spartan is thriving all over the world. Spartan cricket bats are becoming staple cricket bats in the UK, Australia, West Indies and the USA. Some of the strategic brand ambassadors have done wonders for the image of the company in backing up the incredible product that they put out.

The UK

When one thinks of Spartan in the UK one sees Eoin Morgan smashing the ball inside-out over cover. Australia and Spratan of course brings Michael Clarke to mind. India and Spartan stirs images of MS Dhoni and now perhaps the greatest of them all Sachin Tendulakar. West Indies and Spartan arouses pictures of Chris Gayle and his golden Spartan cricket bat or perhaps just Chris Gayle smashing it to all parts.

The Middle East

But cricket is of course a huge element of sporting life in Pakistan and the Middle East. Wasim will be invaluable to growing the consumer base for Spartan cricket equipment in the Middle East and Pakistan. With his knowledge of the game and of course his knowledge of Pakistani cricket, Wasim will be perfectly placed to showcase the brilliance that Spartan cricket equipment has to offer.

In Closing

All-in-all it is quite plain and simple to see as to why Spartan cricket bats and Spartan cricket equipment has become the force that it is in the cricket equipment market. With players like Sachin, Viv, Wasim and others on your team, it is hard to see Spartan losing.

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Pink Cricket Balls

Day-Night Test Cricket is going ahead with Australia scheduled to host New Zealand in Australia for the first day/night test match. Pink Cricket Balls are going to be used.

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A lot of testing has gone on to find the right cricket ball to use for Day/Night Test matches. The red cricket ball obviously won’t work as that will create a visibility problem at night for the players. So, the obvious choice would have been to use a white cricket ball with a black sightscreen.  Continue reading

Kookaburra Tuf Pitch Cricket Ball

It has long been known that the best manufacturers of cricket balls in the world is Kookaburra. Kookaburra Tuf Pitch Cricket Ball. They have been making Test match quality cricket balls for over a century. These balls are known for their pristine manufacturing and their amazing wear and considerable lack of tear.

Players in lower than professional leagues have the longest while complained that the pitches that they play on are more abrasive then professional level cricket pitches. Kookaburra has heard these concerns and developed a cricket ball called the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch cricket ball. As it’s name suggests this ball is bound to give fielding teams great durability from a superbly high quality cricket ball.
The Tuf Pitch Cricket Ball comes in the color red and is of the standard 156g weight. It is a two piece construction and is specifically designed to withstand tough and rough arduous pitches. The design is not only specific to the selection of the leather but also extra concern goes into the finishing of the ball to ensure that it has an extra level of durability.
Abrasive pitches do not only take their toll on the cover of the ball but also take their toll on the core of the ball. Like all of their cricket balls, Kookaburra invests great effort to ensure that the core of their cricket balls have great round integrity that will remain as such even with heavy use. The core of the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch ball is made from bonded cork and rubber. This blend unique to Kookaburra is superior to anything else being used on the cricket ball manufacturing market.
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All of this leaves the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch cricket ball with a top grade quality profile. Players and administrators in the North American leagues would be well advised to have a look at the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch cricket ball as it really does lend itself to rougher surfaces and fields. There is no doubting the quality of the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch cricket ball.

Cricket balls, whats inside. Part 3.

Cricket balls, whats inside. Part 3.

Cricket balls, whats really inside and what drives the price?

 

I often get asked about cricket balls. Whats the best? Whats the cheapest? Why and which cricket balls break cricket bats? etc etc etc and many times ive been unable to answer people simply because of a lack of knowledge. So i decided to do a bit of exploring to see what i could find out. I looked on youtube. That was a waste of time. It had very little information on how cricket balls are essentially put together. I checked on Wikipedia for the ICC regulations of how cricket balls should be made and also came up empty handed. So eventually i just decided that seen as its so hard to figure out whats inside a cricket ball and how they are made i will just cut a couple of them open and see for myself.

Here is what a good cricket ball looks like on the inside.

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Youtube will have many many videos showing cricket balls being made but i couldnt find any detail to show exactly what goes into all the different layers of cricket balls. That may be partly because some of the cricket balls i cut open only had 3 layers to them. ( rubber, string and leather ) but many people will agree that the Kookaburra Turf cricket ball may well be the Benchmark all other cricket balls are modelled after. The Kookaburra Turf ball is used by 85% of all international test matches worldwide so that speaks volumes for the quality and reputation of the cricket ball.

The kookaburra Turf cricket ball has a small ( slightly smaller than a golf ball cork / rubber core. Then has 5 layers of cork / string quilted.The leather is not just any old leather. Its Hand selected Australian first grade alum tanned steer hide and is tough as nails.

The problem with this ball is it retails for well over $100 USD and lets be honest, none of us can afford to throw around 5 or 10 of these at our local club practices. So what i will be trying to do in the blog is not to say which cricket balls are the best, but rather educate the everyday club cricketer so they can better understand whats happening on the inside of a cricket ball and perhaps also understand why so many modern balls are classified as bat breakers or perhaps lose shape, shine or hardness to quickly.

Enjoy.

 

Graddige Cavalier Test cricket ball

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This cricket ball seems to have an average centre. People say the problem with having a large cork core like this one rather than the small core with cork / string layers is that is possble for the ball to be unbalanced. An unbalanced ball will not swing like its supposed to and can also have uneven bounce. This ball however is $18 and has a good quality contruction with 2 layers of cork and a good amount of srting as well..I would say that its worth a try with this ball to see how it behaves in nets and also in matches.The coating however which protects the leather was quite brittle and cracked quite easily. A 50/50 ball in my opinion.

 

Gray Nicolls League cricket ball

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Right off the bat i was quite impressed with this ball as far as quality and construction is concerned. But as i dig into it that first impression fades away quite quickly.My only initial complaint was that the small centre core seemed quite hard and i cant pin point exactly what the core is made of. It doesnt seem to be cork or rubber. It may be some sort of wood…Outside of the core it does have a good amount of string and also 4 or 5 layers of cork as you would expect from a good quality cricket ball. The plastic inner caps in this case is a form of cardboard on this ball which im thinking is probably not a good thing. The pastic would be far more durable and flexible where as the cardboard seemed to break easily. The saving grace on this ball seems to be the leather. It has very little protective spray / coating which i think means it will be easy to keep this ball nice and shiny ( for the swing bowlers ) but may suffer in wet conditions. buy this ball at your own risk.

Gray nicolls warrior cricket ball

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This looks to be a very high quality ball. One of the best ive examined so far in the test. It checks all the right boxes you would expect from a high quality cricket ball. I recommend this ball for all cricket matches. It has a good rubber / cork core, 5 5 external layers of cork with a good amount of string and alos a high quality leather. The one downside to this ball was once again the lack of a protective layer on the leather. BUT thats good for people who like to take care of the ball them selves and get a good shine on it. It may hoever suffer in wetter conditions.

 

Gray Nicolls Test special cricket ball

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This gray nicolls test special ball seems a little over priced for what you are getting. As you can see from the image there is no string at all, a key component of cricket ball manufacture. It also has a very high cork concentration in the core and a low rubber concentration. My though is if you could name one ball as a bat breaker, this may be it. ( but thats just an opinion. )To make this ball better i would have more rubber in the core and also some string. I would probably expect to see this quality of ball for sale for $8, not $16.

 

Gunn & Moore County star cricket ball

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This cricket ball is quite interesting and i will tell you why. This ball has all the making of a very high quality cricket ball. it check all the check boxes you would expect of a $20+ cricket ball. Small cork core nucleaus, plenty of string, even the 5 layers or cork. The reason i dont like it is because its to hard and when pinging this ball on a bat, it sounds hollw, hard and comes off the bat like a stale piece of bread. I dont recoemmend this ball at all, not even for net practices.

SG Tournament cricket ball

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When i picked up this SG tournament cricket ball one thing came to mind. It felt very different to some of the balls i was inspecting ( like the CA balls ) but also felt very similar to other balls i was inspection. Like the Gunn and moore, Gray nicolls and also the slazenger balls. The core nucleaus seemed extremely hard. I wonder who is making balls for GM and GN. it could possible be SG. The 5 cork layers also seemed very dry and brittle as well to me. Overall though the construction looked to be a pretty good quality and i think this ball could be given a chance to see if it works for you and your club for matches. It checks all the right boxes as well. Small core nucleus , 5 layer cork and ample string in the construction.

 

SG test cricket ball

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This is an expensive cricket ball, But i like everything about it. It checks all the boxes and just has a good feel about it. Its pings nicely on a cricket bat and quality is very very good. The one major difference with this ball over the others which you can easily see in the picture is the black rubber core. It has a very small % of cork. This should give the ball a softer feel than if its sold cork. I think in this case its a good thing. I do recommend peoipke try this ball and see if the rubber core helps with the ball performance over longer periods. it will be stronger than just cork and i would be happy to try this ball out in matches. Good luck with your ball purchases.

 

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